Stretching is an important component of any fitness routine. Although it can be tempting to finish a run and skip the stretches, you know better. Stretching has many benefits, including increased range of motion and improved muscular coordination. Re... Read more
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then posture is a lens to our health. Sit and stand with proper posture and you will physically look 10 years younger—and 10 pounds lighter. Psychologically, good posture conveys confidence, poise and le... Read more
Stretching is good for you, and it feels great, too! That's why we created this short and effective full-body stretching routine that you can follow whether you're a beginner or an advanced exerciser. Remember to warm up first and never stret... Read more
Are you always on the run and running out of time to stretch? Try adding a few standing stretches throughout the day. Whether standing in line, waiting for the bus or watching a soccer game, you can squeeze in some quality flexibility training. You c... Read more
When I first started running, I felt sore and tight, despite stretching thoroughly afterwards. I started thinking that running wasn't meshing well with my yoga practice. Yoga helped me loosen my muscles, but running only seemed to tighten them. A... Read more
6 years ago I took up cycling (road and mountain) and swimming to stay in shape as both have low impact on my knees (my knees are trash; I've had 5 surgeries: 3 on the left and 2 on the right). For a year I got lazy and did nothing because work got c... Read more
Pulling weeds and removing ant hills and raking up dead stuff in the yard is hard work....phew! 90 minutes of back breaking work and that was only the front. I need a nap now. If I actually burned over 500 calories, which is what it says, yay me!... Read more
OK, I've tried every stretch known to man kind and I can't get my calf muscle and Achilles to loosen. It's so tight I'm afraid I'm gonna rip it trying to do things at the gym. Any suggestions other than flexing against walls?... Read more
Has anyone tried stretch mark creams and could recommend one they liked best? I think I want to start now that way they'll be a little lighter when I lose the rest of my weights. Pros and cons and experience with it is welcomed!... Read more
I use my exercise ball to increase the intensity of hamstring stretches. First I get into a yoga position called "legs up the wall". (Back and head on floor, legs at 90 degrees up the wall.) Then I place the exercise ball between the wall and the b... Read more
I have recently incorporated stretching into my daily routine. How beneficial! Flexibility helps me more easily perform routine chores & reduces injury. The stretches for my lower back, including piriforms and hamstring, reduce lower back pain, w... Read more
A group to share, inspire, support and chat on our journey to healtheir versions of ourselves. Pull up a chair, sit down, share ideas, recipes, inspiration, support, or just have a good old natter.... Read more
Tight hamstrings are a common complaint not only amongst runners, cyclists and rowers, but for those who tend to sit most of the day, whether at a desk at work or school, spend a lot of time on the couch watching TV, sitting at the computer, even for... Read more
In addition to the physical benefits of yoga, it has plenty of mental benefits as well. Certain poses can help energize you and others can help relax you. While I wouldn't recommend a full yoga practice just before bed, doing a few of these gentle,... Read more
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